SECRET SIX #1
Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art by KEN LASHLEY
Cover by DALE EAGLESHAM
Blank variant cover
1:25 Variant cover by KEN LASHLEY
On sale DECEMBER 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
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Gail Simone is back with the NEW 52 debut of the fan-favorite team – THE SECRET SIX! Six strangers are brought together under mysterious circumstances for an explosive first issue that will leave everyone asking, “What is the Secret?”
Written by MARC ANDREYKO
Art by GEORGES JEANTY
Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
On sale DECEMBER 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
The cultish crimes continue to corrupt Gotham City – and their next target is…Clayface? Also, Batwoman’s toxic connection to Nocturna continues to spiral down to a place where even demons fear to tread!
TEEN TITANS #5
Written by WILL PFEIFER
Art by SCOTT HEPBURN
Cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE
On sale DECEMBER 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
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As a deadly new drug hits the streets of New York City, the Titans take on a new team member!
Anonymous said: You've said that Catman is going to be openly canon bisexual in the new Secret Six book which is awesome :) But I wanted to ask are we going to be seeing any openly lesbian characters/couples as part of the team? Because right now there is a real and serious need for more (and better) representation of queer ladies in comics :)
I don’t want to be too specific yet, but Catman is not the only lgbt character in the book, for sure.
also, can we get a non-gritty, cute future’s end one-shot about alysia and her girlfriend/wife?? like it’s necessary for my continued existence.
Someday, I really really really want to write Alysia and Jo again.
My understanding was that the original plan was to drop her entirely from the book, in which case I guarantee you she would have ended up in a Secret Six, somehow!
Anonymous said: About Alysia- I'm not a trans woman (I'm non-binary), but I believe Gail Simone was being pretty respectful about Alysia's body. I hope that she was doing this intentionally so more trans readers could relate to the character and her experiences. Genital reconstructive surgery is /not/ what every trans person wants. It is the dominant narrative of trans women in our society, but it is not necessarily true. Anyway- babies can happen a lot of different ways.
Thank you very much for the explanation :)
I totally understand that in not revealing everything about Alysia more trans readers could relate to her. That’s a very good thing.
I know I’m being a little selfish (sorry for that) but I have to confess I really wanted to know more about her. I wanted to know about her childhood, about when she recognized herself as a trans person, if she wanted or not to make genital reconstructive surgery, how it was with her family and her friends, her love experiences.
I came to really like Alysia and I am sad Gail Simone isn´t writing her anymore. The new Batgirl creative team promised Alysia will still appear in the book, but I fear she will not appear that much.
We have very few gay characters in comics, but we have even less trans people. I think it is time we had a trans hero.
Today I asked about Jo’s (Alysia’s girlfriend/wife) pregnacy that was shown in Batgirl Future’s End and Gail Simone aswered right away (she’s the best!)! For some reason the question went anonymously…
Anonymous said: Hi, Gail. How are you? I’ve just read Batgirl Future’s End and I noticed that Alysia’s girlfriend/wife is pregnant and she is going to be a mother. That got me wondering, has Alysia made a sex reassignment surgery? Is she the biological parent of her child? What’s the story of that pregnancy? Did she and her girlfriend/wife went to a sperm bank?
I kinda feel it’s better to let people choose for themselves how Jo got pregnant. People become parents in a wide variety of ways.
But it’s their baby, that’s what matters.
So, what do you think about Jo’s pregnancy? Did she went to a sperm bank? Is Alysia the biological parent (which would mean she didn´t went through a sex reassignment surgery)? Is the biological father a friend of Alysia and Jo’s? What is your version of the story?
It is already estabilished that Alysia is transgender, but is a sex reassignment surgery something all transgenders want? I really don´t know the answer to that. If someone can answer that I will be grateful.
The creators of the upcoming Gotham TV series have revealed that the show will feature a prominent lesbian character.
The show, set to debut in the US later this month, focusses on Detective Gordon fighting crime years before Bruce Wayne becomes the iconic caped crusader.
However, the show’s co–executive producer Danny Cannon has said that he won’t let the “out-of-date” values of the original comic books stand in the way of diversity.
The show will feature Latina lesbian detective Renee Montoya – a later addition to the comic book universe, who came out as a lesbian in comic form in 2003.
Her appearance will mark the first time that a live-action Batman production has featured an openly LGBT character.
Mr Cannon, who also directed the first episode, told the Advocate: “Gotham is beautiful, dark, dangerous, and romantic. It’s the kind of cityscape you should look at and believe anything can happen, and that means everybody should exist there.
“There’s no way we on Earth we would have a show like this limit itself with out-of-date values.”
Victoria Cartagena, who will take on the recurring role of the detective, said: “Growing up, I rarely saw people of colour or gay people depicted in a positive light, and I know when you don’t see yourself reflected in the world around you, it does things to your self-esteem.
“I know if I had seen a character like Renee on TV when I was younger — a Latina who is smart, powerful, and strong — it would’ve encouraged me to dream bigger.
“So I know what she means to people, and if watching me means that I can help someone else feel included, than that makes me very happy.”
Pinkett Smith, who will play mob boss Fish Mooney on the show, added: “It’s a new day when we can have a show on television that is not afraid to explore various sexual orientations of women.
“Let us hope that this is a path toward even more change in regard to the perceptions of female sexuality, as well as our bodies in relation to sex.”
Gotham is set to première in the US on September 22 on FOX, and in the UK on Channel 5 next month.
Now, where’s Renee in the New 52, DC? Where?
And that’s fase 2 of my Alan Scott POP! figure. I sculped the belt and part of the gauntlets. Probably I will only be able to do fase 3 on the weekend, since working days are very busy.
Batwoman by Psuede
Batwoman by Pryce14 (Jamal Campbell)
Sadly we don’t see much gay superhero merchandise and I really wanted an Alan Scott POP! figure, so I decided to make one.
That’s fase 1 of the project. I used a Hal Jordan POP! figure, removed the head, cut out the ring from the right hand (Alan uses his on the left) and sculpted the first part of the amor with epoxi.
Next I plan to sculpt the belt and part of the gauntlets. I will post another pic when it’s done.
Now it is offcial,
Secret Six Catman is back. Today, Hero Complex in the L.A. Times run an article about it:
Now the secretcan be revealed: Gail Simone is relaunching “Secret Six” in the New 52, and at its core is a mystery with an answer that she said all DC readers will want to know.
The fan-favorite writer, who recently wrapped a well-regarded run on “Batgirl,” will introduce the new gang of rogues to root for in an ongoing series set to premiere Dec. 3, and she promises the same sort of “black humor and edginess” – and unpredictability – that won her previous run on the title a passionate following.
“It’s so fun to write these characters that are really poor role models,” Simone told Hero Complex in a recent phone interview.
Rather than “brightest heroes or the darkest villains,” the book lives in the gray area between, with “private detectives, mercenaries, bounty hunters, failed heroes,” she said.
There are still secrets about the Six’s new incarnation she isn’t yet willing to divulge, but she did discuss a third of the lineup: The master hunter Catman and magic-stealing teen goth Black Alice – who is more powerful than she is mature – will make their new New 52 debuts on a team with the same name (albeit in a different reality) as the one they were last seen with three years ago.
They will be facing a major question in what Simone called “the ‘Twin Peaks’ of superhero comics”: What is the secret?
“They instantly do not like each other, and they instantly do not get along with each other,” Simone said.
Any clues will have to wait until the series starts, but the writer framed the story’s setup: It opens with six strangers trapped in a room and unsure how they arrived there.
Catman – a once-derided Batman foe whom Simone brought to respectability and reader renown (would there be aThomas Blake action figureotherwise?) – will be at the center of the series. And he is not happy about being confined – especially after being wrongly imprisoned by a well-known Gotham City character whom Simone isn’t revealing yet.
“He’s more dangerous,” Simone said of the new version of Catman. “This kitten has claws.”
And he has a new look by Dale Eaglesham, who’s handling character designs and covers, that is “so smokin’ and so dangerous-looking,” the writer said.
Eaglesham had teamed with Simone on the previous redesign of the character, which saw the “C” on his chest replaced by three ragged claw marks, among other changes. That was for the 2005 miniseries “Villains United,” in which they introduced a new, wicked Secret Six (the name had been used fleetingly in earlier decades by DC for a couple of heroic ensembles). The artist – whom Simone hailed as a “genius” — designed several members of the changing team that the writer would carry forward into a “Secret Six” miniseries in 2006 and then, with collaborators includingNicola Scottand Jim Calafiore, the ongoing that ran from 2008 until just before the New 52 reality reset in 2011. After DC co-publisher Dan DiDio came to her about writing a new “Secret Six,” she said, they went straight to Eaglesham.
Ken Lashley (“Superman: Doomed,” covers for “Suicide Squad”) will be the interior artist on the series, fulfilling a longtime mutual desire to work together, Simone said.
“He draws the fiercest heroes, the creepiest villains, and that whole spectrum from Metropolis sunshine to Gotham’s deepest shadow,” she wrote in an email Wednesday, after DC confirmed he would work on the title. “I can’t wait to see what he does with comics’ dirtiest wild bunch!”
Shortly after that run ended, Simonewrote on her Tumblr account that Catman is bisexual, and added that “when we bring him back, that will be explicitly in canon.”
Simone’s previous “Secret Six” series was marked by its ostensible bad guys and gals having dysfunctional but loving relationships – and,as with her other work, by realistic, heartfelt portrayals of diversity.
Asked whether that plan still holds, Simone said yes.
“You’re going to see right away kind of what Catman’s about,” she said. “I don’t want to reveal too much just because it is part of his character and part of his story to unfold these things through the story.”
Readers who want to try to pry more secrets out of Simone – such as whether the delightfully twisted Secret Six veteran Ragdoll, whom she recently introduced into the New 52in a “Batgirl” issue, will appear – can find her this weekend atBaltimore Comic-Conat the Dynamite Comics booth (she writes “Red Sonja” for the publisher). She’ll also be delivering the keynote address at theHarvey Awardson Saturday.Or fans can wait in suspense until December for what the writer promised “is going to be a very dangerous, sexy book.”
Gail Simone also said on her tumblr that
There will be no Dumbledoring.
Refering to J.K. Howling only reveling that the character Dumbledore was gay after the Harry Potter series was finished. That measn Catman WILL definetly be portrayed as bisexual.
And we can expect him to be very hot, as she also stated that
CATMAN IS TOTALLY ON THE NEW SECRET SIX AND HOLY SHIT HE IS HOTTTTTTT.
The cover for Secret Six #1 was revealed and we can see a cat mask in the center of it, which I presume belongs to Catman.
I can´t wait to see this book. It will be out (pun intended) on December 3rd.
Anonymous said: If Obsidian came back, do you think he will be Alan's adopted son or biological one? I will be funny if father and son have same taste with guys.
I have no idea :( but I really don´t mind either way. I don´t see much difference between a biological and adopted son, since I believe love is what makes someone part of your family, not genetics.
I think though that if Obsidian is adopted, the writer can create a mystery around his biological parents, which could be an interesting thing. I can´t think of any plot around surrogacy, but that’s because I have a complete lack of imagination. I’m certain someone like Gail Simone, for instance, could come up with a very cool story about surrogacy.
If Obsidian ever comes to the New 52, I hope he is a time traveler, so he can be an adult, because I prefer adult characters. That’s so selfish of me ;)
My father is gay and I am gay too, but our sexual orientation per se don´t create any different dynamic. What makes us funny is the fact that we have completley different personalities. My father is an optimistic, flamboyant, boundless and carefree artist and I’m more of a strict, responsible, pessimistic, hyperactive anti-social nerd.
I’ve met 2 or 3 boyfriends of my father’s, but their relationships never lasted long. I’ve been married for 8 years and my father likes my husband very much, specially because he fixes my father’s computers (LOL).
Right now I am in the process of adopting a child and I so looking forward to it! :)